by Jenna Paone

Over the course of her career, songwriter Shelly Peiken has written with legends (Cher, Celine, Britney), churned out hits (BitchWhat A Girl Wants), and even earned herself a GRAMMY nomination. But despite all her achievements, she’s never stopped hustling – or adapting.

Several years ago, she turned her talents to a different kind of writing, penning her book “Confessions of a Serial Songwriter,” a highly entertaining account of the ups and downs of life as a professional songwriter. The book, like Shelly, is heartfelt, funny, and a hell of a good time, and thanks to her recently released audiobook version (which she is submitting to the Recording Academy for a chance to score a spot on this year’s GRAMMY ballot), you can hear every story straight from the author herself.

In addition to being an artist, Shelly is an advocate for them as well, working with SONA(Songwriters of North America) to protect the value of songs, and the people who write them, in the ever-evolving digital music marketplace.

The WIMN’s Jenna Paone sat down with Shelly in the songwriter’s L.A. home to talk creativity, career longevity, and finding the courage to tackle new challenges, no matter what stage you’re at in your professional life. Catch the full interview here and find out more about her at



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